Benalmadena €68,000 accident hotspot modification

Accident Balckspot

BENALMADENA COUNCIL has spent tens of thousands of euros on a roundabout which caused several accidents.

The structure, which cost €68,000, has been fenced off since a councillor rolled her car on it on August 8. After considering removing the structure entirely, the Council has announced it will now modify its design, “to avoid having to return a subsidy granted by the Provincial Council for its construction,” according to Councillor for Urbanisation, Oscar Ramundo.

Plans now include narrowing the road leading up to the roundabout as well as installing traffic lights.

The Avenida Antonio Machado roundabout was partially fenced-off following an outcry from residents after a series of accidents including one which left a motorist with a leg injury.

Locals demanded it was demolished but the council voted unanimously to keep the roundabout and simply change its layout after it emerged demolishing would mean returning funding for the project to the Provincial Council.  Oscar Ramundo, Councillor for Urban Planning, said the site “has not been put to use because it suffers from some design flaws that were noticed once the work was finished,” confirming it will be modified, “to avoid having to return the subsidy granted by the Provincial Council for its construction”.

The news came after Councillor Beatriz Olmedo wounded a motorist after making an illegal manoeuvre on the roundabout, changing lanes from one heading towards Fuengirola to one to Torremolinos.

Political party, Cuidadanos, demanded the roundabout be demolished following several accidents, however the party do not have representation in the council anymore after three of their councillors were expelled, leaving the governing parties free to push through the vote to modify the site unanimously.

Initial plans included restricting cars and taxis at the entrance to the roundabout, however this was discounted after councillors decided the area running from the Sunset Beach hotel to Torremolinos was so busy the move would cause large jams.

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